On May 25, 2017, an international two-day event, Critical Approaches to Romani Studies, convened at Central European University in Budapest.
CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff delivered the keynote address at the 11th commencement ceremony of the Hertie School, Berlin, on June 2.
Read the transcript below.
Thank you for the honor of addressing the Hertie graduating class. You are on the cusp: poised between student life inside these walls and your first steps into your future outside. I want to use this moment to talk to you about the relationship between the world of the university that you are leaving and the world outside that you are about to join.
History is characterized by the clash of hierarchies and networks, said Niall Ferguson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, speaking at CEU on May 22 as part of the Rethinking Open Society series. Hierarchies are vertical systems, while the “network” stands for the horizontal, interpersonal connections organically forming in societies. The hierarchy is now globally challenged by the network, but it’s too early to say which one will dominate, Ferguson said.
Liberal democracy has been more successful than other types of government by many measures, meaning it should prevail, according to Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, speaking at CEU at a President’s Seminar May 29, part of the Rethinking Open Society series. Walt, known as a realist, outlined the recent failures related to liberal democracy and open society, and listed a set of remedies.
Several changes and new appointments in the faculty of CEU will take effect on August 1, 2017.
Peter Hardi has been appointed to the rank of Professor Emeritus.
Evelyne Hubscher has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Martin Kahanec has been appointed Acting Head of the School of Public Policy, effective August 1, 2017, for a one-year period.
Name: Eva Fodor
Title: Pro-Rector for Social Sciences and Humanities
Number of years at CEU: 13 (a lucky number)
Home city/town & country: Budapest
What's your favorite Hungarian food?
Pad Thai - its Hungarian interpretation.
Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?
Every one of El Greco's paintings. They are just beautiful.
The General Assembly of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) unanimously accepted CEU’s application, submitted by the Digital Humanities Initiative and the Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office to become a cooperating partner of DARIAH’s European network.
Eleven Roma leaders and U.S. State Senator Kevin Killer gathered at CEU May 22-23, 2017 to discuss political narratives regarding minorities at the workshop and panel discussion entitled “Empowering Roma Young Leaders to Shape Inclusive Narratives.” The event was part of a project by Roland Ferkovics within the context of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Office of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, and was supported by the GMF and CEU’s Roma in European Societies Initiative.
The Human RightS Initiative seeks volunteers for the “Tolerance Day” of Daniel Berzsenyi High School.
Around 20 students (15-18 years olds) will take part in a 60-minute session on human rights, in particular on the right to education and non-discrimination around the world on Wednesday, June 14, 9 am – 10 am.
2-3 volunteers are needed to join and participate in the session, introducing a concrete issue or case connected to the topic of equal access to education.
‘Art IN academia’ is envisaged as an artistic event consisting of an exhibition and possibly a series of performances targeting young scholars involved in academia on the levels of Master, PhD and Post-Doctoral research, who plan to pursue artistic career upon their graduation, strive to create art on a professional level while doing academia, or used to follow an artistic path but have chosen to devote themselves to academia exclusively.
The main objectives of ‘Art IN academia’ are the following: